Take Her Look [For Less]

There was a party down under, and celebrities turned out in high style to mark the occasion. On Oct. 29, the H&M Sydney Flagship store held a VIP party in Sydney, Australia, and showing up in one of the most eye-catching looks of the night was Solange Knowles.

Wearing nothing but an oversized blazer that served as her dress, InStyle says Knowles paired her risqué look with black Schutz cage heels and a sparkly black frame clutch. She capped off her look with a slick of bright orange eyeliner and voluminous locks.

We loved Solange Knowles’ daring night-out look, but her Schutz Juliana Caged Sandals alone cost $190. So we set out to recreate her entire outfit for less than $190 — that’s a dress, shoes and clutch for under the cost of her shoes. Read on for the results!

It was surprisingly easy to find a dress similar to Knowles’ oversized blazer look, and we found the perfect look-alike piece in the form of the Long Sleeve Tux Dress from Missguided. This dress’s double-breasted design, gold buttons and satiny lapel invoke Knowles’ frock and deliver a strikingly similar silhouette for only $68.

The Long Sleeve Tux Dress, found on Missguidedus.com.

The Long Sleeve Tux Dress, found on Missguidedus.com.

A dress like this calls for a fabulous shoe, and there is no better shoe for the job than the Zigi Soho Duran Bootie from DSW. Featuring a similar cage design, this shoe offers an extra bit of shine with its tiny rhinestone embellishment. For only $79.95, these shoes come in well under Knowles’ $190 Schutz style, but are just as fashionable.

The Zigi Soho Duran Bootie, found on DSW.com.

The Zigi Soho Duran Bootie, found on DSW.com.

Finishing off our look for less is the Lulu Townsend Noelle Clutch from DSW, which features a sparkly netted pattern reminiscent of Knowles’ clutch. This frame clutch will complete your look-alike ensemble for only $34.95.

The Lulu Townsend Noelle Clutch, found on DSW.com.

The Lulu Townsend Noelle Clutch, found on DSW.com.

Although Solange Knowles’ H&M VIP party look consisted of shoes that cost $190, we were able to recreate her entire look from head to toe for only $182.90. Add some bold orange eyeliner, and you’ll be ready for any VIP event!

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: Solange Knowles

Leave it to Solange Knowles to revamp the classic double-breasted pant suit. Vogue reported that the singer and famous sister of Beyoncé Knowles stepped out earlier this week to attend Kiehl’s kickoff party for Pride in a yellow and taupe colorblocked suit which she paired with a white pointy-toe pump and ruby red lip. The suit is from a line called Harbison, which touts itself as an androgynous women’s clothing line, speaking to both the “vulnerability and strength, to the hard and the soft” in all people.

Knowles breathed some life into the double-breasted suit style in a few subtle, yet important ways, so here’s what to keep an eye on if you want to recreate her look:

  1. Color can be a game-changer – By wearing the suit in a colorblocked look, Knowles is changing the overall tone of the suit, making it more fun than business-oriented. Notice, however, that she did not compromise fit or shape to achieve this more relaxed vibe; the suit is tailored to perfection, giving her a strong shoulder and defining her waistline by having the yellow in the jacket begin exactly at her natural waist.
  2. Play with contradictions – Knowles makes this look more evening and party appropriate by leaving her neckline open and showing just a peek of cleavage, which contradicts the hard lines of the exaggerated lapel and the overall connotation of a suit being strictly for ‘business.’ Playing with contradictions like ‘sexy vs. business’ or ‘sweet vs. edgy’ can help create visual interest in an outfit without having to rely on accessories and flashy details; figuring out the contradictions becomes a sort of ‘psychological accessory,’ making the outfit much more intriguing.
  3. Small details matter – If you notice, Knowles picked up on the white of the big, whimsical buttons on her blazer and carried that over into her shoes. This creates a more unified, cohesive look, allowing for white to become a sort of motif recurrent in the ensemble; even though her outfit is only three pieces (blazer, trousers and shoes), it seems like there is so much more going on because there are many small details to pay attention to and think about. Making sure that all the details of an outfit work together will make your outfit that much more pulled together, and it will leave people thinking about how you managed to put such an interesting outfit together.